Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Sobering but Necessary Read

This is a sobering article but necessary read. The youth MUST understand the stakes and stay/get involved or it will not be OK.

It's Not Going to Be OK

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig. Posted February 4, 2009.


Personal Note: As I commented to a friend, the ripple effect of corporate priorities will be felt for decades to come. Buzzword: Irrelevance.

This society is a short-sighted one...only looking at the immediate instead of long term effects, etc. It's not rocket science, strictly a matter of common sense and natural law. The system as is was not sustainable...a house of cards...But if efforts are all about trying to save a system that's not sustainable instead of investing in long term sustainable solutions (education, completely different economic structure), I'm afraid the result will be exactly what this article states.

We've (academia) been talking about this "economic crisis" for years (but not "doing" anything about it because as the article argues, many universities & academics have sold out in many ways too - discussion for another

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


I agree with you - I think trying to create solutions for a new world economy is BIG - however, from the textbook of economics, I think an increase in government spending is the way to go for the very short term, but that alone will not solve the economic problems for the long term. I believe that there are some strategies that can be deployed, unfortunately - the way the system works: one side comes in (democrats) - they implement their priorities for 4 to 8 years and then the Republicans come in the next 4 to 8 years and implement their priorities. Just like academia (we both work at colleges/universities), it's like "what's the new buzz word" for research and then everybody jumps on the band wagon for 3 years or so and then the rush is over. It's a shame that we live for the hype because our economy can't take the hype. I really hope that some real solutions are implemented for our children's future.